It is fair to say that a majority of us have either seen or been exposed to the hit television show To Catch a Predator on NBC. To Catch a Predator is a series of hidden investigations by the television newsmagazine Dateline NBC devoted to the subject of identifying and detaining potential child sexual abusers who contact children over the internet. The show is important because those caught by the investigators oftentimes raise the entrapment defense, but to no avail. Given the emergence of internet sting operations and covert government investigations, it is now more important than ever that the defense be given some credence by courts throughout the world. However, recent case law and the general international skepticism of the defense are slowly eroding this important procedural protection.
Paul W. Valentine, To Catch an Entrapper: The Inadequacy of the Entrapment Defense Globally and the Need to Reevaluate Our Current Legal Rubric, Pace Int’l L. Rev. Online Companion, Aug. 2009, at 22.